WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
Nicol David Celebrates Carol Weymuller
7 October 2013
RESULTS: Carol Weymuller Open, New
 Nicol David (MAS) bt Camille Serme (FRA)
12-10, 11-2, 11-5
Malaysia's world number one Nicol David
ended unseeded French star Camille Serme's giant-killing
run in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in New
York to win the Women's Squash Association Gold 50
event, celebrating its 40th anniversary at The Heights Casino
in Brooklyn, for the second time since 2005.
The match notched up David's ninth
successive Tour win over the world No10 from Creteil - but Serme
had enjoyed a sensational run in only her third appearance in
the event, upsetting higher-ranked English opponents Alison
Waters, Jenny Duncalf and defending champion Laura
Massaro in quick succession.
"The match started off evenly and both
players were working the court well and there were some long
hard fought rallies," explained Heights Casino Director of
Squash Linda Elriani. "Nicol looked as though she was
prepared to just absorb Camille's pressure and not go for too
"Camille was trying to apply the pressure
that she had done yesterday and throughout the week but was
making some tentative errors with her short game. Nicol managed
to edge ahead to 9-7 after a crazy long rally that ended in
backhand drop in the tin from Camille.
"Another tin from Camille took Nicol to
game ball at 10-8. Camille gave a big push and managed to pull
back and with a backhand boast in the tin from Nicol and a
lovely backhand drop winner from Camille this took her to 10-10.
Nicol stepped on the gas and a very deep penetrating drive
forced an error from Camille and then an unforced backhand
volley drop gave Nicol the first game 12-10."
David dominated the second, dropping just
two points to establish a 2/0 lead - and stayed focussed in the
third, fittingly winning the championship point on a perfect
crosscourt drop shot straight into the nick!
"I'm just so happy to win this tournament
after so long," said David after the 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 triumph
which saw the 30-year-old from Penang go through the
championship without dropping a game.
"It has been such a great atmosphere that
it just drives me forward to play better squash each day.
Camille played really well in that first game and it was neck
and neck all the way!
"In the second and third I mixed it up a
bit more because she gets into a great rhythm and it can be
"I'm very pleased and I'm looking forward
to next week. I'd like to thank Linda for such a great event and
all the families that have supported this tournament for all
Serme rued the errors in her final match:
"I'm a bit disappointed to be honest," said the 24-year-old
France and European champion. "Even though she's the world
number one I wanted to do better than getting one game as that's
the best I have done against her!
"I felt she played really well and I made
too many mistakes. I don't even know why as I wasn't even trying
to go fine on my shots. Right after the match I feel
disappointed but later I will look back at what a great
tournament I've had.
"The good thing is I only have to wait one
week to hopefully play her again at the US Open. Thanks so much
to everyone here for everything! Thanks too for all the support
here and back home and all the people that watched me on the
success marks her the third WSA title of the year - and the 68th
of her career.